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‘Yellowstone’ star opts out of SAG awards amid vaccination mandates: ‘I just don’t believe in that stuff’

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One “Yellowstone” star will be absent from the 2022 Screen Actors Guild awards due to the event’s vaccination and testing guidelines.”I mean no offense to anyone,” Forrie J. Smith said in a since-deleted Instagram address to his followers on Monday. “It’s a requirement to be vaccinated.” Event organizers said the awards show, which is set to air live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Feb. 27, will require attendees to be vaccinated, have a booster and a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the show. Organizers are also requiring those in attendance to wear a mask.’YELLOWSTONE’ STAR KEVIN COSTNER TALKS WESTERN DRAMA: ‘I DIDN’T THINK ABOUT IT POLITICALLY'”I’m not vaccinated. I will not get vaccinated,” Smith states in the video. “I haven’t been vaccinated since I was a little kid. I don’t vaccinate my dogs, I don’t vaccinate my horses. I’ve never had a flu shot. Never will. I believe they compromise your immunities.”
Forrie J. Smith plays Lloyd Pierce on “Yellowstone.”
(Paramount Network)COLE HAUSER DISHES ON HIS ‘YELLOWSTONE’ CO-STAR AND ‘GREAT FRIEND’ KEVIN COSTNER: ‘HE’S A WONDERFUL PERSON’Smith, who plays the role of Lloyd Pierce on the series, said he had planned on walking the red carpet at the awards show but “I just don’t believe in that stuff.”He was a recurring character on the show until season three when his role was upgraded to being a series regular as a senior ranch hand.
(L-R) Hassie Harrison as Laramie and Forrie J. Smith as Lloyd. Episode 6 of Yellowstone – “All for Nothing” Premieres July 26th at 9 P.M. ET/PT on Paramount Network.
TIM MCGRAW AND FAITH HILL SET TO STAR IN ‘YELLOWSTONE’ PREQUEL”Yellowstone,” received its first-ever SAG nomination on Jan. 12 for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it “recommends that people remain up to date with their vaccines, which includes additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised or booster doses at regular time points. Individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an additional primary shot and a booster shot.”
John Dutton (center – Kevin Costner), owner of the Dutton Ranch is surrounded by his ranch team (pictured l to r) Walker (Ryan Bingham), Lloyd (Forrie Smith), Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser), Jimmy (Jefferson White), Colby (Denim Richards) and Fred (Luke Peckinpah.)
CDC data shows that over 200 million Americans are now fully vaccinated, and over 90 million have received a booster dose.Officials have urged all Americans who are eligible to get boosted amidst the spread of the omicron and delta variants of the coronavirus. Reps for Smith and Paramount did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report

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